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Wear and Waterproof Leather Co.

1933 Letterhead when R P Cave was the proprietor

The Wearproof Leather Co. was started in the 1880s by Amos Cave, son of John Cave, in what had been the family's coachhouse. The stables were the workshop, the hayloft the leather store and the saddle room was the office.

Rushden Echo and Argus, 18th February 1898, transcribed by Kay Collins

COUNTY COURT CASEThe action brought by the Wear and Waterproof Leather Co. (Messrs. Cave), Rushden, against C. Bailey, Finedon, for leather supplied, came on once more at the County Court at Wellingborough on Monday before Judge Snagge. Mr. F. J. Simpson (Simpson and Mason), who represented plaintiffs, said the case had been adjourned from time to time for the appearance of Mrs. Bailey. He had that morning received a letter from Mrs. Bailey, but he feared she was trifling with the Court.—His Honour, having read the letter, said he would either grant another adjournment or would order a non-suit.—At Mr. Simpson's request a non-suit was entered.—Mr. Simpson: What about our costs?—His Honour said he could not allow plaintiffs' costs but would see they did not have to pay defendant's costs.

The company made washers for engineering, gas trades and water board, and straps for machinery and decoration.
plastic tag samples

Gaskets, seals, washers, straps, slitting, leather, cups, contract cutting & samples found in 2005

Rushden Echo, 12th October 1917, transcribed by Gill Hollis

A Nasty accident occurred yesterday at the factory of the Wearproof Leather Co., to a little lad named Chettle, son of Mr. Chettle, of Duck-street.  The boy was putting welts through a splitting machine when, it is thought, for some reason or other he must have lifted the guard, with the result that he got his left hand in the rollers, the hand being badly crushed.  Mr. Amos Cave, the principal of the firm, at once went to the lad’s assistance, and extricated his hand from the machinery.  He was then taken to Dr. Owen’s surgery and from thence by motor-car to Northampton Infirmary, where he is making satisfactory progress. [see index of shoe factory accidents]

For a photo album of the factory click here Ebooks and scroll down for 23 York Road and click run

click here for a Survey of a factory later occupied by Wearproof Ltd.

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